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If you have been out of work due to a disability and wish to receive disability benefits, then the first step in the process is to complete your application. This initial phase of the process can be done in person at a local Social Security District Office, by mail, over the phone, or online. From our experience with Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, we think it is best to complete your application either in person or online. When you apply over the phone it is hard to know what information the government is putting on your record until your application is complete. If you choose to apply by mail there is no way of knowing if it got lost in the mail and if the Social Security office does receive it, you could be waiting a very long time for them to process the application.
When you apply for Social Security disability benefits in person, you know exactly what the person is putting on your application as you are right there. A recommended filing method is online due to the fact that it saves time and provides your team of Social Security disability lawyers to have complete control over how the file is created and what information is in it.
Completing a Social Security disability application can vary in how long it takes. If you have an extensive medical and work history, then the process could take a few hours. If you have a limited work and medical history, then the process could take about an hour. No matter what your background, if you have all the necessary information handy then the process can go much faster. A good chunk of the application process pertains to specific medical information. The medical section of the application will ask for the doctors, clinics, and hospitals where you have sought treatment as well as the medications that you are taking. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will need names, phone numbers, addresses, and dates for all medical treatments and you want to be as specific as you can so that the SSA has everything they need for their records. The less information they have, the more likely you will be denied benefits.
Another large portion of the application pertains to your work history. You will want to have information about your employers for the past 15 years and what tasks you did for them. The SSA is looking for the mental and physical limitations you now have that prevent you from being able to perform work tasks that you previously were able to.
While your specific medical and work history will be a good portion of the application, you will also need to provide more basic information about yourself as well, such as personal information, educations history, and some financial information.
If you live in Spring Hill or Brooksville and want more information on local Social Security offices, you can find that here.
If you have already applied for Social Security disability benefits and are waiting to hear back about your statis, our Spring Hill & Brooksville Social Security Disability Lawyers at Whittel & Melton know how frustrating the waiting game can be. Sometimes the process can take years, and can sit at a district office for months with the wrong person before it is forwarded to the right person. During this time, your application can get lost or misplaced, further drawing out the process. Dealing with the government can be extremely stressful – we know this because we have helped many people struggling with their SSDI applications. Even when we intervene, the process can be a time consuming one. Our best tip to anyone looking to collect their SSDI benefits it to get help as soon as possible. If you have yet to fill out an application, then we recommend working with our Spring Hill & Brooksville Social Security Disability Lawyers at Whittel & Melton from the beginning in order to put together the strongest application. If you would like to see how we can help you with your potential disability benefits claim, call now at 352-666-2121 or contact us online for a free consultation.
Even when you work with a lawyer, obtaining disability benefits is not easy. The government has reported that around 70% of applicants are denied. If you appeal this denial, less than 10% of claims are approved. What does this mean? Most cases must be argued in from of an administrative law judge. It is best to have a lawyer who understands the system arguing on your behalf. The Spring Hill & Brooksville Social Security Disability Lawyers that work with Whittel & Melton have years of experience helping people just like you obtain the benefits that they deserve. We will see to it that you are placed in the best position to see a successful outcome. We want to help you get your benefits so that you can put the headache of dealing with the government behind you.
Call today at 352-666-2121 or contact us online for a free consultation in Spring Hill or Brooksville, Florida.